WEEKLY UPDATE

St. Andrew Greek Orthodox Church, Chicago – Vol. 13

CELEBRATE THE PATRONAL FEAST OF ST. ANDREW PARISH THIS WEEK!

THIS WEEK AT A GLANCE: NOVEMBER 28 – DECEMBER 4



  • MONDAY, NOVEMBER 29, GREAT VESPERS FOR ST. ANDREW THE FIRST-CALLED: 7:00 PM.




  • WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 1, PARISH COUNCIL MEETING: 7:00 PM.


  • WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 1, ORTHODOX STUDY GROUP WITH FR. SIMEON: 8:OO PM.




UPCOMING EVENTS

  • DECEMBER 5, COFFEE & CULTURE: Fr. Dimitri Tobias presents "The Differences between Eastern Orthodox Iconography and Western Fine Art" after Coffee Hour in the President's Room – see flyer below for full schedule.

  • DECEMBER 7, SAWPS CHRISTMAS DINNER PARTY – see flyer below.


  • DECEMBER 26, 95TH ANNIVERSARY DINNER DANCE – see flyer to the right.


  • CHRISTMAS LITURGICAL SCHEDULE – see flyer below.

GET INVOLVED!



  • JOIN THE PARISH COUNCIL - If you are interested in serving the Lord in this beautiful manner, please contact Fr. Dimitri

  • JOIN FR. DIMITRI AND FR. SIMEON IN THE ALTAR! CALLING ALL YOUNG MEN - If you would like to serve in the Holy Altar, please contact Fr. Dimitri. Age minimum (6 years old so long as able to read the Creed). No age maximum (college-aged and above are welcome to serve and guide our young boys in the Altar).

  • OCTOBER 17 - DECEMBER 1, AID TO GREECE FIRES – SAWPS is accepting donations to help those people and areas in Greece who were affected by the fires. If you are from those areas, have friends or family still living there or just want to help, please mail a check, made payable to St. Andrew’s Women’s Philoptochos Society, in any amount, to St. Andrew’s Philoptochos, 5649 N. Sheridan Road, Chicago, IL, 60660. Please write in the memo section Aid to Greece and we will forward the funds appropriately. Every dollar counts!

  • TOY DRIVE THROUGH DECEMBER 12TH - See Flyer Below

  • FOOD DRIVE THROUGH DECEMBER 12TH - See Flyer Below

MEMORY OF SAINT ANDREW THE FIRST-CALLED


The Orthodox Church commemorates today Saint Andrew the First-Called. According to the Orthodox Hymnology, he was a wise, pious, and righteous preacher of Christianity.


He was the son of Jonah and brother of Apostle Peter. He was a fisherman from Bethsaida in Galilee, and he wanted to see the prophecies about the salvation of the world to come true. It was this very desire that urged him to become a disciple of John the Baptist whose testimony first led him to follow Jesus who gave him the name “First-Called.”


Tradition has it that during his mission, a ship transported Apostle Andrew to the north-easternmost point of the island of Cyprus. There, after praying to the Lord, he found miraculous healing water and healed the captain’s blind child. He is considered the wonderworker and protector of the island by the Cypriots.


After preaching in Pontus, Scythia, Byzantium, and Greece, Saint Andrew reached Achaia, where he converted many people to Christianity and performed many miracles. He was crucified in Patras, where his skull (part of the top of the cranium) is kept in the Church of St. Andrew.


The moving story of Apostle Andrew the First-Called is one of the favorite of the Christians of Cyprus. The Apostolos Andreas Monastery in the Karpass Peninsula is a symbol of resistance to Turkish occupation as well as a symbol of liberty.

–Orthodox Times

FROM THE PULPIT & THE PEW...

St. Andrew – My Spiritual Home


St. Andrew Church means a lot to me. I was baptized at the Old Church where I went to Sunday School and Greek School


I remember seeing the new church being built. We were all so excited to see it happening. I continued going to Sunday and Greek School and was in the first Greek School graduating class.


Later, I started teaching Sunday School and continued to do so for about thirty years. I was also on the Parish Council for twenty years. I have participated in other ministries and continue to do so.


St. Andrew is where I learned about the richness of my Orthodox Religion. It is where I meditate and find peace and comfort. I am will always be proud of being a steward of St. Andrew.


– Catherin Fasseas

From the Pulpit and the Pew — is a section of the Weekly Update devoted to stories told by our clergy and parishioners at St. Andrew Church–a synergetic relationship within the Body of Christ. Please think about making a contribution by submitting a story from your life that inspired you, connected you to others in a meaningful way, or heightened your Faith. The stories need not be "lofty" or exclusively religious in nature; they can also be descriptive of a journey, memoiristic, or humorous; they can also be testimonies of small miracles, of Christ's presence in our daily lives. Especially during this time of the pandemic, our shared stories can become vessels of regenerative support. Please send your contribution here by Tuesday of each week. Thank you!

– Dr. Peter

PHILOPTOCHOS CORNER





Aid to Greece Fires – Last day to donate to Aid for Greece for the fires is December 1st. If you would like to donate, please send a check, IN ANY AMOUNT, made payable to St. Andrew’s Women’s Philoptochos Society, and mail to St. Andrew’s Philoptochos, 5649 N. Sheridan Road, Chicago, IL, 60660. Please write in the memo section Aid to Greece and we will forward the funds appropriately. Every dollar helps!


Young at Heart – Calling anyone 65+ and older! Meet us after liturgy on December 6th @church for a special gathering and lunch. For more information, contact Semi Karnezos or Angela Alexopoulos at (847) 998-5232.


Next Philoptochos Meeting – SAWPS Christmas Dinner Outing Tuesday, December 7th @ Mykonos Restaurant @6:30pm. All are invited to attend! $40/person includes appetizer, soup, salad, choice of entrée, dessert, coffee, tea and lots of good cheer (wine). Make check payable to SAWPS and mail payment to Teddi Galanis, 2513 Indian Ridge Drive, Glenview, IL 60026. Payment must be received by 12/3/21. For more info, contact Teddi at (847)529-5209.


College Kids/Young Adults Meet & Greet – Last Sunday we welcomed all college kids & young adults from St. Andrew’s for brunch and the chance to meet and get to know Fr. Dimitri and catch up with old friends. It was so well attended with over 20 young adults! Thank you Maria Kotsinis, Tia Manolakas, Rani Prokos, Fotine Bloom and Antigone Polite for organizing the event. Look forward to more info for the next YAL get together! (Add photos below if you want)

ST. ANDREW MEDIA PRESENCE


Sunday Sermon offered by Fr. Simeon

11-21-2021 Sermon for the Entrance of the Theotokos offered by Fr. Simeon

FROM THE METROPOLIS